22 février 2014

Accreditation and innovation not incompatible

My PhotoBy Daniel Kulinski. A major landmark in open education was reached last week when University of the People was finally accredited by the Distance and Education Training Council, a U.S. Department of Education authorized accrediting agency. The online university with 1700 students from 142 countries has been in operation since 2009 with the objective of becoming "the world’s first non-profit, tuition-free, accredited online academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally for all qualified individuals, despite financial, geographic or societal constraints." Until now students have not been entitled to academic hard currency in the form of full university credits but with accreditation now in order it is likely that UoP will expand considerably and also demonstrate to the world that this educational model is not incompatible with the academic establishment. Indeed the accreditation of UoP must have raised a host of academic eyebrows and an article in Inside Higher EdAn Innovation Stifler? sees the decision as evidence that accreditation organisations may not be the barriers to innovation in education that they have often been accused of being. More...

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Closing thoughts on #OCL4Ed

My PhotoBy . As I write this post I realize that I have finally completed a MOOC after many attempts (Open Content Licensing for Educators). I have written several times about why I and thousands of others find it hard to stay the course so it's better to reflect briefly on why I completed this one. Firstly the subject is directly relevant to my work at present and I realised that although I know quite a lot about copyright and Creative Commons there's always more to learn. Secondly the length of course was not so daunting, a mere two weeks. Surely I could fit that into my life. Thirdly, I promised myself that this would be the one I'd complete. In other words the ideal combination of internal and external motivation plus the availability of time. More...

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The habitus of digital scholars

Glasgow UniversityThe first paper coming out from my PhD has just been published by the the Journal of Research in Learning Technology, 21(0).
I’m actually quite excited about it and I have blogged about it here. (I’ll talk more about the Social Theory Applied project I have just joined in a very near future post). More...

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Call for papers: British Education Studies Association Conference Glasgow, June 26-27 June

Glasgow UniversityWe would like to invite you to submit an abstract as a contribution to this important conference. This year the conference takes place in the University of Glasgow, making it the first time the conference has been held in Scotland. The key theme of this year’s conference is: “The politics of education studies: pedagogy, curriculum, policy”
Some of the suggested topics for papers are the following:
• Alternative voices in Education Studies
• Innovations in Education Studies
• Education Studies: Contemporary debates
• Researching Education Studies: critical issues
• Student perspectives on Education Studies
Please note this list is not exhaustive. More...

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Survey on online learning in the UK

http://www.pontydysgu.org/wp-content/themes/dirk/images/header18.jpgBy Graham Attwell. The Guardian newspaper has published the headline results of an interesting survey of people in the UK, undertaken in conjunction with the Open University. I’ll comment on a few of the findings.
48% of (presumably those with degrees) stated that they felt their degree has been beneficial in terms of getting a job in today’s economic climate. And that leaves a somewhat surprising 52% who felt their degree had not helped them get a job! Over 50% of 18-24 year olds feel obliged to get additional qualifications – once more possibly casting doubt of the value of an initial degree, especially given how expensive higher education is in the UK.
39% if those who have spent time developing their skills have done so online and one in five people have done or are currently doing an online course. However 45% said they would only consider doing an online course if it led to an official certificate and only 8% had heard of MOOCs. More...

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Badge of honour

http://www.pontydysgu.org/wp-content/themes/dirk/images/header18.jpgBy Graham Attwell. Some ideas flourish and then die. Others start slowly and then take off. Although all the talk is about MOOCs my feeling is that the Mozilla Open Badges project may have a more profound influence in changing education than online courses. The following text is an excerpt from the quarterly online magazine, Holyrood ConnectMore...

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What is the discourse behind the Open Education Challenge

http://www.pontydysgu.org/wp-content/themes/dirk/images/header18.jpgBy Graham Attwell. I don’t know quite what to think about the Open Education Challenge. It is good that the European Commission is working to support start up companies in education and especially interesting to note the impressive list of people available to help mentor new start ups. However, 20 companies hardly represents a critical mass and secondly I am not sure that the trudging successful applicants for twelve weeks around “successive European cities: Barcelona, Paris, London, Berlin and Helsinki| is the best way to do things. More...

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Shiny technology and social media

http://www.pontydysgu.org/wp-content/themes/dirk/images/header18.jpgBy Graham Attwell. Last weekend I went to the British Educational technology (BETT) show in London. If nothing else, the sheer numbers of exhibitors and visitors show how educational technology has become a big business. I am afraid such events are not my favourite. There was many, many shiny displays of stunning technology and I suspect, if I had had the patience to explore, many great ideas for new approaches to teaching and learning. However, I found the latter tended to get hidden behind the ever increasing size of the big screens. I was also struck by how much of the kit supplied could be developed or put together much cheaper by the determined hacker- teacher. Anyway a couple of hours wandering and I was exhibitioned out. So I turned my attention to the wide range of supporting events. I ended up an a couple of sessions in the Technology in Higher Education Summit. More...

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PRO-UNIV : Le Forum de l'Alternance en Corse (FAC)

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L’alternanza, via d’eccellenza è d’avvene

http://cfa.univ-corse.fr/photo/background_colonne-3-0.png?v=1363701693À modu nostru, da Roland Frias. S’impegna assai l’Università di Corsica in u sviluppu di a furmazione in alternanza. Hè oghje una referenza nant’à u pianu naziunale. Prupone parcorsi à livellu DUT, DEUST, Licenza, Master 1 è 2, Diplomi Universitarii, secondu parechji settori d’attività è versu i quali i ghjovani ponu custruisce si un veru prughjettu persunale è prufessiunale, amparendu un mistieru, da a facultà à u mercatu di u travagliu, fendu cresce e so cumpetenze, cù d’altronde una certa autonumia finanziaria. Infatti, l’amparera permette à a ghjuventù d’apre si à un sapè fà è di praticà lu, in u rispettu di e tenniche di i prufessiunali. Ma si sà ch’elli sò impurtanti dinù l’insignamenti generali.
Per l’impresa, stu modu di studiu raprisenta un investimentu cù u scopu di furmà u so persunale di dumane. Dopu à l’acquistu di u diploma, i ghjovani chì anu sceltu l’amparera ci la facenu più prestu per truvà un impiegu, è a tassa d’inserzione va spessu aldilà di i 80 percentu. In Corsica, cù un mondu ecunomicu cumpostu per a maiò parte di piccule imprese, l’amparera ci mostra ch’ella hè un dispusitivu di furmazione adattatu propiu bè à l’attese di i prufessiunali è di i nostri territorii, in particulare, à livellu di i ritmi d’alternanza è di a pulivalenza di l’amparente. Ma, sti pochi tempi, in un cuntestu di crisa è di murusità di u mercatu di u travagliu, l’amparera pò avè un antru rollu maiò à prò di l’imprese.
In realità, è si tratta d’un accertamentu spartutu da parechji specialisti : per via d’una pupulazione chì s’invechja, si diccinuleghja u mondu ecunomicu isulanu in u listessu tempu chì e statistiche di e creazione d’imprese cunnoscenu una calata malgradu una certa dinamica di l’autoimpresa. Sapendu chì st’evuluzione inchietante si spiega da e difficultà di trasmissione o di cedenza ch’elli anu tanti capi d’impresa, di pettu à una mancanza di suluzione di ripresa adattate. Dapoi parechji anni, hè cambiata assai a fiura di a furmazione per mezu di l’amparera. Ghjera à principiu cunsiderata cum’è una via di pocu valore per i ghjovani in situazione di fiascu sculare.
Ma oghje ùn hè più cusì l’affare, hè ricunnisciuta cum’è una furmazione diplumante. Si deve piglià in contu e perfurmanze di l’alternanza chì assicureghjanu di a so efficacità, postu chì 9 amparenti nant’à 10 riescenu à u diploma priparatu è trovenu un impiegu dopu à u cuntrattu. In a struttura d’accolta, u studiente-salariatu, sott’à a rispunsabilità d’un tutore, scopre a prufessione è si forma à u mistieru bramatu. À l’Università, per esempiu, seguita l’insignamenti adattati à u so ritimu di vita prufessiunale. Hà dinù a pussibilità d’esse aiutatu da u CFA Universitariu : cumpensu doppiu alloghju, indennità di trasportu è numinazione d’un tutore pedagogicu… Sustenuta da a Cullettività Territuriale di Corsica è l’Unione Europea, l’alternanza hè una vera via d’eccellenza è d’avvene. Basta à francà u passu…

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